I thought I'd give myself a week off but paint and pattern keeps calling to me. Instead of resting, my mind has been extremely busy, dreaming and planning for the next project. I don't think I'm quite finished with this one yet, but how to move forward? I've been having a few conversations and sharing ideas with other artists as well as walking and writing. There is something cathartic about working in series, though this one may have been a bit larger than it could have been, and I'm not disappointed in spite of the monumental challenge it was. Anyway...I'm playing and envisioning in spite of having two more events to attend this week. It's all fun.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
What a lovely reception this was...so wonderful to celebrate with friends and family.
I want to thank Galleries West magazine,
AIR 106.1 fm, Airdrie Echo and CityView for featuring the 'Nasty Women' project;
Inglewood Fine Arts for the exhibit;
Chef Lianna Robberecht of CBC's Homestretch for the canapes;
Nina Mariah Donovan for the poem that inspired this body of work.
Special gratitude to everyone who has shared encouragement throughout this project, to all the nasty women who were brave enough to share themselves,
and to my beautiful family for their unending support
in all of my creative endeavors.
I have created an exhibit catalogue for The 100 Day Project: Nasty Women to document this amazing group of women. Thank you all so much for taking part. As a token of my appreciation, I have decided to have a draw for the pre-edited copy which will take place at the exhibit reception at Inglewood Fine Arts on Saturday. If you are interested in entering, please leave a comment on my website, instagram or facebook. To preview or order a copy, please visit here.
For the past 100 days, Airdrie artist Veronica Funk has been busily painting the portraits of women she admires for her “Nasty Women” project – and now that the collection is complete, her pieces will be displayed in an exhibition at Inglewood Fine Arts until May 10.
“Creating each painting was phenomenal, but seeing them as a group is very humbling,” said Funk, who was inspired to embark on the project after seeing actress Ashley Judd read a poem by Nina Donovan – called Nasty Women – at the Washington women’s march in January 2017.
“It goes to show that every single woman, whether you’re a young university woman or you’re a senior, every single woman has an opportunity to make a difference and affect another person’s life in a positive way.”
The project started as a personal challenge for Funk, who said she’d previously completed similar painting challenges like a 52-week project. This project, she admitted, was on a larger scale – twice as many pieces in a shorter period of time. And since this project involved local women who volunteered to be painted, there was added pressure.
“As an artist, you expect certain things from yourself, and you don’t always feel like you meet those expectations,” she said. “Because I know these women, either directly or indirectly, I wanted to do them justice…it’s all about empowering these women.”
Funk selected images of each woman that showcased specific features that spoke to her – the glint in someone’s eye, she said, or the way she was smiling. Since she created the paintings so quickly, she said she wasn’t looking to portray an exact representation, but rather capture the essence of each participant.
“Women have always been near and dear to my heart, especially now with the #MeToo movement – it’s not just about women, but also about the men who support women,” she said. “It’s a world-wide thing. There are changes that need to happen, and I think the only way we can make changes is if each one of us feels empowered.”
Funk said she has received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the project, particularly when she shared the final portrait April 30 on her website and social media. Discussing the response is emotional for her, she admitted.
“It’s really been so heartwarming, just an outpouring of support,” she said. “I think this is the most important work I’ve done to date, but I wasn’t even planning on exhibiting it or anything. It was just a challenge to myself.”
The pieces will be available for public viewing at Inglewood Fine Arts until May 10, with receptions held May 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. and May 10 – Ladies’ Night in Inglewood – from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Select pieces will also be displayed May 11 at Woodside Golf Club for the Amazing Airdrie Women awards luncheon.
“I’m so grateful to these women who shared themselves with me – it’s a vulnerable thing…to see yourself through someone else’s eyes,” she said. “I want to continue painting women, I think I’ve been called to do this.”
Visit veronicafunk.com and click on the link to “100 Days: Nasty Women” to view the series.
Category: AIR 1061 FM
Published: Wednesday, 02 May 2018 07:43
Written by Derek Craddock
An Airdrie artist has just completed one of the biggest projects of her career by painting 100 portraits of women in 100 days.
Veronica Funk started the portraits in January because she felt that she was not challenging herself as an artist. After reading about a challenge of painting 100 portraits in 100 days, she needed inspiration, and she found some in an unusual way.
Back in the 2016 Presidential Election campaign, Donald Trump made negative comments towards Hillary Clinton during a debate. It led to the poem “Nasty Woman” by Nina Donovan, which touched on the issue of oppression towards women.
“We are privileged in North America,” said Funk. “It’s not good for us to remain apathetic, we need to stand up and speak. First, I was upset a little bit by that and then I realized, she’s right, but it doesn’t have to be in a negative way.”
Funk said she put out a call on Social Media to find 100 women who were interested in having their portraits done.
“Within the first day, I had almost 200 women respond. Over half of them are from the community but they are also from throughout Alberta and even across the country. The bulk are Airdrie and Calgary.”
While it was a long time to finish the portraits, Funk made the most of each one.
“It all came together very quickly. What I did is I took one hundred 8 by 10-inch canvases and I prepared the backgrounds with lots of colours, using spray paint to kind of graffiti-inspired, street art and then I painted a portrait on each of them throughout the hundred days.”
The final portrait was finished on April 30th, with the entire artwork now on display at Inglewood Fine Arts in Calgary.
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Well...this past 100 days have probably been the most emotional for me as an artist and definitely worth the hard work. It's interesting how some things just come about very quickly, which can be difficult for someone who needs to think things through very carefully, but everything fell into place beautifully. Throughout this process I have wondered if I would have done anything differently if I'd been given time to consider everything, and I don't think so. I really do believe that the women that became part of the project were meant to be and I do foresee this continuing in some format, though not at such a rapid pace. I have loved looking at each one of these faces on their own and love seeing them as a whole...what a privilege this has been.
I think I have learned a few things about myself during this process, but most importantly:
So this ending is bittersweet. I am looking forward to the exhibit reception at Inglewood Fine Arts on May 5 from 2 to 4 pm. Everyone is welcome. I'm really hoping we can take some pictures together. :)
IT IS FINISHED! What an amazing roller coaster ride this has been. I don't know if I would have been able to follow through if I hadn't first completed 5 year-long projects as I knew that there would be extremely challenging days and also that 'this, too, shall pass' - I think I'm feeling a little Biblical today 😊
Also, the support of each of these women and everyone else through conversations, emails, likes and comments has been incredible. I wish every artist had an opportunity to receive encouragement like this while in the throes of work. It really does make a diffèrence.
Now...what's next? The body of work can be viewed at Inglewood Fine Arts with a Reception on May 5, 2-4pm and another on Ladies' Night in Inglewood on May 10, 5.30-8pm. The paintings are avaiable for purchase by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org (8×10 / acrylic on gallery canvas/ $195).
On May 11 a selection of the paintings will be on display at the Amazing Airdrie Women awards luncheon hosted by AirdrieLife magazine at Woodside Golf Club in Airdrie.
I have been working on a small book to commemorate this project...I hope to share more information later this week.
The entire project can be viewed on my website under '100 Days - Nasty Women.'
I think I've been called to paint women...I don't think I'm quite finished with this yet. So I will keep painting portraits but not every single day as that was both physically & emotionally exhausting..though extremely rewarding.
I still have a long list of women who put their names forward so I will continue but I would also love to hear from anyone else who would like to be added to it.
I was so sad to be completing this project and now I feel all tingly because I'm excited that this is not the end, but rather a new beginning. THANK YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH! ❤